Novel zinc(II) complex compounds of general formula Zn(C6H5COO)2·L2 (where L=caffeine (caf) and urea (u)) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and IR spectroscopy. The thermal behaviour
of the complexes was studied during heating in air by thermogravimetry. It was found that the thermal decomposition of the
anhydrous Zn(II) benzoate compounds with bioactive ligands was initiated by the release of organic ligands at various temperatures.
On further heating of the compounds up to 400°C the thermal degradation of the benzoate anions took place. Zinc oxide was
found as the final product of the thermal decomposition of all zinc(II) benzoate complex compounds heated to 600°C. Results
of elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy and thermogravimetry are presented.